We were made to be free.
We weren’t made to be just partially free, but totally free. However, sin came in and left us in a bondage that we were not created to live under. Praise God that He sent Jesus to die for us and offer a way for us to have that freedom again!
What’s even better? This freedom is free! We don’t have to work and try to earn it—we can’t achieve it ourselves— but God desires to give it to us if only we will come to Him and accept it. Jesus paid the full price for us on the cross so that we could have that freedom. There is nothing more we have to do.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
(John 8:36 NIV)
So often though we settle for so much less than that freedom we were made to thrive in—the freedom that Jesus Christ alone gives to us. We say we are free, but we buy the lie that we have to continue in our old ruts and sins.
There is so much more for us as God’s children!! Would you dare to step out and see how far and how deep this freedom goes? Jesus does exceedingly more than we could ever ask or imagine. (Eph. 3:20) His freedom gift to us is exceedingly more than we could ever ask or imagine! This isn’t a “freedom” of doing whatever we want and trying to run our own life, but freedom by walking close to God and His promises, trusting all of Him to be true, and finding the weight lifted from our hearts.
I desire to live my life in the fullest extent of Christ’s freedom that I can. It is mine if only I would believe it and live it out, and it brings God great glory when I do. Freedom is yours as well if only you will accept it and walk in it.
Will you join me?
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”
(Romans 6:1-14 NIV)